Thursday, October 1, 1970
Mrs. Mildred Seagraves has just returned from a 22-day tour to Amsterdam, Holland; Weisbaden and Ruth- enburg, Germany; with a cruise down the Rhine River; Salzburg and Innsbruck, Austria; the Passion Play in the Bavarian Village of Oberammergau; Lucerne, Switzerland; Paris and London…
“We stayed in beautiful deluxe hotels, had a fascinating and beloved tour guide and bus driver who spoke several languages and were ready for all questions asked, and to supply all needs for this older group of 29. Many had been on several previous tours. My roommate from Illinois was 73 years old, owns and runs a hog farm. This was her second tour this year; the first was 41 days in the Orient.”
Before the snake season is over, we want to pass on to you a snake story given us by the Rev. David Rittenhouse:
Once upon a time there was a family of wayward church members who had once been active, but had lost interest and had fallen away.
There was the father and three sons, Jim, John and Sam. The elders had talked with them about their sad conditions, the preacher had visited them and many of the brethren had tried to get them to come back to church…but all this had not seemed to do any good.
One day, when the boys were out in the pasture, a large rattlesnake bit John, and he became very ill. The physician was called, and, after an examination, he pronounced John to be in a very bad condition. He said: “About all that you can do now is pray,” and went on his way.
The father called for the preacher, and told him of John’s condition. He asked the preacher to pray for John’s recovery, and this was the preacher’s prayer:
“O wise and righteous Father, we thank thee, for Thou hast in Thy wisdom sent this rattlesnake to bite John in order to bring him to his senses. He has not been inside the church house for years and it is doubtful that he has in all that time felt the need of prayer. Now we trust that this will prove to be a valuable lesson to him, and that it will lead to genuine repentance.
“And, now, O Father, wilt Thou send another snake to bite Sam, and another to bite Jim, and another BIG ONE to bite the old man. We have been doing everything we know for years to restore them, but to no avail. It seems that our combined efforts could not do what this snake has done. We thus conclude that the only thing left that will do this family any good is more rattlesnakes; so, Lord, send us bigger and better rattlesnakes. In Thy name we pray. Amen.”
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Brockway, a daughter, named Amy Lisbeth.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Quentin Thompson, of Russell, Kentucky, a son, named Brian Edward. The mother is the former Jeanne Harkleroad.
SP-5 and Mrs. Freddie L. Greer, of Lyme Center, New Hampshire, a daughter, named Mary Marcella. The mother is the former Judy Mae Vandevender.
John Austin Hively, 80, of Dunmore, a son of the late David Henry Hively and Louisa L. Rexrode Hively. Burial in Mountain View Cemetery.
Mrs. Tippie Wimer, 42, of Bartow; burial in Arbovale Cemetery.
Mrs. Gertrude Sizemore McMillion, 68, of Maxwelton, a daughter of the late Floyd and Susan Sizemore. Burial in the Brushy Flat church cemetery.
Mrs. Marietta Bostic Rigsby, 63, of Renick; born at Spring Creek, a daughter of the late Estil and Mary Actkin Bostic. Burial in Morningside Cemetery.
Lawrence Collins, 61, of Elkins, a stepbrother of Mrs. Zella Elza, of Cass.
Fred B. Moore, 76, of Huntersville, a son of the late I. B. Moore and Kate Curry Moore. Burial in Mountain View Cemetery.